Notwithstanding the present tension between India and Pakistan over terrorism and Kashmir unrest, people of India have not forgotten how to welcome a guest. This is what reflected when Indians responded to a question about a Pakistani national, who wants to visit India on a bike, on Quora. The question posted by an anonymous user asks if it is safe for a Pakistani to visit India via Wagah Border on a bike. Amit Joshi, a third year mechanical engineering student at Pune, wrote: “Yes of course you can come with proper visas and passports and then you can travel where u want. We are not like Pakistanis not allowing people who want to attend some important work and conference in Pakistan and Pakistan government who denies visa.We are Indians who allow all the great people to have their success in our homeland.”
The question has been viewed over 1.5 lakh times on quora in the last one year and it continues to generate responses from people. Shally A Dhar, an engineering student at Bengaluru, wrote in April 2015: “Welcome but ensure your papers are in place. Few morons have breached our trust many times and we don’t want a common man from Pakistan to be troubled for that.” Another user Shashanth Kumar responded: “Come in bro…That is no problem for you to worry at all.” Interestingly, Kumar even suggested a ‘jugad’ to avoid any complications because of the Paksitani number plate.
Another user, Basheer Ahmed from Bengaluru, summed it all, saying: “Do you feel safe to drive in Pakistan? If your answer is, “Yes”. Then, It is definitely very, very safe to travel in our India. The crime rate in India is very, very negligible when compared to your country.”
Since independence, there has been hardly a year when both the countries enjoyed each others trust and friendship. Even recently, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh faced humiliation at the hands of Pakistan during SAARC interior ministers’ meet.Despite of the continuing tensions, Indians have not forgotten basic courtesy and their belief in the principle of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam’, at least this is what reflects from the Indians response to the question on quora.